OLC joins NMC at SXSWedu for ImagiCon
OLC’s Chief Knowledge Officer Karen Pedersen and Business Development Representative Matt Norsworthy joined me in Austin last week for the SXSWedu Conference & Festival where we met other grantees and partners of the Bill & Melinda Gates Postsecondary Student Success effort at the Personalized Learning and Student Success Summit.
Students, educators, entrepreneurs and policy makers converged in Austin to kickoff the month of SXSW festivals with SXSWedu, a 4-day education event. All SXSWedu panels and summits were selected by members of the SXSW community, including the public, SXSW advisory board members and SXSW staff, by means of the SXSW PanelPicker system. The Personalized Learning and Student Success Summit was selected as one of seventeen summits voted in for the event.
The Personalized Learning and Student Success Summit, organized by the New Media Consortium (NMC), was a full day of events intended to deepen the discussion and increase the knowledge base around personalized learning. Sessions included a structured problem solving gathering, a convention-type showcase segment, a Town Hall meeting and, as one would expect at SXSW, an after-hours event at a local music venue.
Our amazing host, NMC, provided a well-organized event that brought many people from the field together for the day to better understand how to increase student success through the use of personalized learning. The full day of events brought about an array of experiences, questions and challenges that validated the need for the Summit. The first in a series of two blogs, this blog focuses on the ImagiCon session.
The ImagiCon session was a convention-type showcase in which Personalized Learning grantees created interactive spaces related to their solution or strategy. Karen, Matt and I engaged passers by with information about the Digital Learning Innovation Award (#DLIAward). Our booth was appointed with a theater style area for participants to review our informational slide deck complete with DLIAward FAQ’s. Participants were put to the test with the OLC DLIAward quiz in which they matched different aspects of the award and award submission criteria for a chance to win a prize.
The OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Personalized Learning Initiative has the potential to create solutions for some of the most compelling issues surrounding student success in postsecondary education. As a grantee, OLC hopes to expand knowledge significantly in the field of digital courseware through the OLC’s Digital Learning Innovation Award , an award provided to colleges and universities at the institutional and faculty level who show promise of contributing to excellence in the digital courseware field. The application deadline for the awards is June 30th. Consider joining OLC CEO Kathleen Ives and CKO Karen Pedersen on March 30th for the next in a series of several monthly upcoming OLC DLIAward webinars designed to assist institutions and faculty-led teams interested in applying for the award.
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